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Girls Senior Open Squad Top row: Gaby Shay, Hannah Ellery, Merryn Allen, Mr Rick
Sargent (Coach), Alexandra Gruber, Emily Cain, Tayla Callanan, Madeline Harte.
Bottom row: Mercede Quiliam, Josie Lawrence, Chloe Barrow, Hannah Goddard.
Boys First Eight Top row: Hugh McShane, Angus Thirkell-Johnston, Nick Rae, Tom
Haley, Billy Neville, Mr James Russell (Coach). Bottom row: Douglas Jones, Jacob
Berends, Angus Brown, Nicholas Miller.
The 2013/2014 season saw great improvement among the
Scotch Oakburn sailors. The team sailed regularly at the Deviot
Sailing Club, where we competed against other club sailors in
pennant races and trophy races.
Following the Christmas break we had a great intake of new
sailors who were eager to learn the ropes and get on the water.
They all went through several weeks of both off and on water
training and, across the season, showed a positive attitude
and a willingness to learn and expand their sailing skills and
The main event we competed in was the State Mirror
Championship. Each year it is held at a different club and this
year we were lucky enough to have it at our club, Deviot.
Despite the heavy winds and the challenging weather we
all had a great weekend and all did very well. Nicole Erwin and
Leticia Cooke won overall in the Youth Division and finished
14th overall. Other overall results were Callum O’Sign and
Connor O’Sign in 11th place, Clare Broomby and Lily Robertson
13th, YaYa MacKeddie and Abigail Hunt 15th, and Amber Tiller
and Chantelle Beagley 16th. Lewis Ottaway crewed with a club
member to finish 7th overall.
This was the first regatta our crews had been in and, with
strong winds and weather conditions that worsened over the
weekend, all the Scotch Oakburn sailors did very well and
should be proud of their efforts.
The 2013/2014 season would not have been possible without
the continuous help and support from the Deviot Sailing Club,
our Person-In-Charge Mr Henry Bush, Ms Angela Vaughan,
sports administrator Mr Rob Jeffery and last, but definitely
not least, our families. They have all put a lot of effort into the
season and have always been very supportive to all of the
sailors and this was greatly appreciated.
I would like to thank all the Scotch Oakburn sailors. Every
member of the team was motivated, with the willingness to
participate and learn each weekend to develop in the skills and
knowledge about the sport. I would like to thank them for all
their continuous hard work throughout the whole season. With
the recent intake of juniors and the new boat shed at Deviot,
Scotch Oakburn sailing is looking very strong for the future and
I wish all the sailors the best of luck for years to come.
Captain of Sailing
The 2013/2014 season was both exciting and successful for
the strong number of enthusiastic Scotch Oakburn rowers from
across all age groups. The work ethic and sportsmanship shown
by rowers competing at both pennant and school regattas
provided crews with a competitive edge that held some
outstanding results. The Scotch Oakburn rowing community
also greatly benefited from the hard work and commitment
shown by parents of both senior and junior rowers.
The open boy’s squad started the season off in September
with land based training, the hard work shown there was an
early indicator of the high benchmark of intensity the boys
were willing to give. With only three rowers remaining from
last season’s First VIII, the opportunity to fill one of the five
remaining seats fuelled the work rate of the large open squad in
the gym and then on the water when morning trainings began
in early October.
The open girls really enjoyed the annual school rowing camp
in December, which allowed the senior and the U16 crews the
opportunity to bond, and improve before the competitive
season started, as a large U16 group added to the senior girl’s
It was also great to see all junior rowers gaining experience,
having fun and developing their skills throughout the season.
We congratulate you on your efforts and hope that you will
continue on with what we’ve found to be such an enjoyable and
A special congratulations to the boys U16 crew consisting
of Jacob Berends, Hugh McShane, Quin Welsford-Brink and
Douglas Jones, coxed by Mackenzie Archer for their stand
out performances through the entire season, and a huge
thanks to Tom Gilfillan for stepping in to the crew at the State
The 2014 Head of the River proved to
be a remarkable day for all involved. The
Boys First VIII had its best performance all
season, coming an extremely narrow second
to The Hutchins School. This race showed
the massive extent of improvement that the
incredibly young boys crew experienced over
the season and may just be a precursor to the
future success of the crew in coming seasons.
The Girls First VIII had their best row of the season in their
last race together at the School Rowing Championships placing
There were several fund-raisers held throughout the season
to raise money for new equipment. A big thank you to everyone
involved. This season’s new purchases included two brand
new King eights for the Boys and Girls Firsts, a new senior
quad/four and new junior sculling blades. The two new eights
were christened the Ali Foot and the Blair Tunevitsch after the
two prominent Australian rowers and past students of Scotch
Oakburn College. While the new senior four was named the
James Russell who is the current Senior Coaching Coordinator
and Boys First VIII coach and has been an integral part of
rowing at Scotch Oakburn for many years.
On behalf of all senior rowers we’d like say a huge thanks to
the senior coaches Mr James Russell, Mr Rick Sargent, Mr Terry
Brient, Mr Will Breier and Mr Shane Freeman, to our strength
and conditioning coaches Nathan Geard and Mrs Di McShane
and to Mr Sam Nugteren, the Director of Rowing, for helping
to organise this season. They all put in an enormous amount of
time and effort and never lost faith in all of us and for this we all
owe so much of our success.
We would also like to thank all the junior coaches, and all
parents and rowers from all age groups. We wish you all the
best for your future rowing seasons.
Nicholas Rae and Madeline Harte
Co-Captains of Rowing
Scotch Oakburn Sailing Team 2014: YaYa Mackeddie, Chantelle Beagley, Amber Tiller, Leticia Cooke, Clare Broomby, Nicole Erwin (Captain), Lewis Ottaway, Callum O’Sign.
Absent: Abigail Hunt, Lily Robertson.
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